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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown essential services | technology, media and telecommunications

technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

26 Mar 2020
BY Ridwaan Boda AND Wilmari Strachan

The Regulations published in terms of the impending coronavirus lockdown are far from clear and explicit when it comes to ICT, including datacentres, fibre optic infrastructure, towers and antennae.  
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South Africa: Coronavirus | electronic signatures and electronic meetings

technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

26 Mar 2020
BY Ridwaan Boda AND Lucinda Botes

Two common legal issues that arise from remote working are: the electronic signing of agreements and instructions; and whether meetings can take place using technological means.
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South Africa: national disaster declaration – now what?

corporate commercial

26 Mar 2020
BY Pippa Reyburn

Numerous additional regulatory instruments to give effect to the lockdown and to regulate its consequences have been and will continue to be issued from day to day as SA navigates its way through and ultimately beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
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South Africa: what does the lockdown mean for current litigation matters?

dispute resolution

26 Mar 2020
BY Michael Gradidge

In terms of the lockdown, everyone is to be confined to their homes for 21 days, save for certain workers involved in providing essential services. But what does all of this mean for current litigation?
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South Africa: update | are remote businesses still allowed to operate during the lockdown?

banking and finance

26 Mar 2020
BY Johan Loubser

Allowing remote businesses to operate would mitigate the adverse economic effect of the current disaster, which must be an objective of disaster management.
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South Africa: final regulations for coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown published

25 Mar 2020

The regulations published on 18 March 2020 in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 have been amended to regulate the lockdown announced by President Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020.
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A dismissal dressed as a breach of contract is still a dismissal: a warning to employers

employment

24 Mar 2020

In terms of ordinary contract principles, if an employee commits an act of serious misconduct, this constitutes a breach of contract.
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South Africa: pandemic puts the right to strike on a collision course with right to life

employment

24 Mar 2020
BY Joe Mothibi

Striking in the times of the Corona virus
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South Africa: can employees, who are infected with COVID-19, be compensated in terms of COIDA?

mine and occupational health and safety

24 Mar 2020
BY Willem le Roux , Pieter Colyn AND Celeste Coles

The South African Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 ("COIDA") addresses compensation payable to employees, who suffer from occupational diseases, which has arisen out of, and in the course of their employment.
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South Africa: special leave benefits announced for employees in self-quarantine

employment

24 Mar 2020
BY Lauren Salt

As a result of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many employees may consider placing themselves in self-quarantine after possible exposure to the virus.
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South Africa: competition exemptions for banking and retail property sectors to support the Coronavirus fallout

competition/antitrust

24 Mar 2020

On 23 and 24 March 2020, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition published Regulations under section 78(1) of the Competition Act, 1998 exempting the banking and retail property sectors from certain provisions of the Competition Act.
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Ghana: legal considerations of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses

23 Mar 2020

On 11 March 2019, the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) declared COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, a global pandemic.
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | landlord and tenant relationships and force majeure

real estate / property

23 Mar 2020
BY Andrew Bembridge

Given the recent regulations published under the Disaster Management Act, 2002 and the State of Emergency Act, 1997, certain restrictions have been imposed by the South African Government
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New Ministerial Orders cast light onto gross misconduct and working hours, and introduce death allowance in private sector

23 Mar 2020
BY Dieudonné Nzafashwanayo

On 20 March 2020 the Rwandan Government issued nine ministerial orders implementing the Labour Code that entered into force in September 2018.
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Rwanda: Revenue Authority issues emergency tax measures amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

23 Mar 2020
BY Dieudonné Nzafashwanayo

On March 20, 2020 the Rwanda Revenue Authority (“RRA”) issued new tax measures to deal with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
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